Bumblebee Question

Asked May 6, 2018, 8:12 PM EDT

I think this is a male bumblebee hovering near my shed and trying to scare me away. There are several of them, although I can't locate their nest. This is my 2nd year living here and they were near the shed last year as well. How can I get them to relocate, or can someone come and take them? Their presence makes it much more difficult to garden and take care of my yard. Thank you.

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

Though they look very similar, those are not Bumble Bees, but Carpenter Bees.
They are native and non-aggressive. The female drills a perfectly round hole, usually in wood that has not been painted, stained, etc. for a while. You might bend over and look up on the underside of the shingle or eve. She will provision the hole with pollen and lay an egg for the future baby bee to eat. The male just dances around and tries to intimidate people and other males to stay away. He can't sting.
They don't eat wood, they just use it for their reproduction.

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